Montgenevre: in the heart of the Alps

A couple weekends ago I went snowboarding with some friends on the Alps, in Montgenevre, it was fun despite the snow conditions which were awful (nevermind ahah). Hope y’all enjoy the pictures!





Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

-W.E Henley

This is one of my favourite poems, if not my favourite. I met this for the first time when I first watched Invictus by Clint Eastwood. That movie hit me. It hit me deeply, I remember that I was astonished by the great soul-strenght of Nelson Mandela and by the overall atmosphere.


I don’t really care about music gear

I really love music, and I truly love playing guitar. It’s probably the longest-lasting of my passions, if we make an exception for snowboarding, which I’ve been practicing for 7 years.

I just realized that I’m not really keen about musical gear, like guitars, strings, amps and other stuff. I don’t surf the web wondering about the new flagship Fender guitar or the best Vox Amplifier, I just stick with what I have. I just don’t care much about it. Also I think that there’s need of some time to get to know your instrument, how it sounds, how it feels when you play it.

It doesn’t matter what gear you use, if you are passionate about something and put effort and practice you can make a masterpiece song out of any guitar.

It’s not the instrument that makes the musician.

#TOP10: Episode 2 – Movies

Here we go with another Episode of my #TOP10 series! This time I thought it would have been cool to talk a little about movies, once in a while 😉 .

  1. Into The Wild – Sean Penn
  2. Avatar – James Cameron
  3. Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino
  4. The Hateful Eight – Quentin Tarantino
  5. The Imitation Game – Morten Tyldum
  6. The Martian – Ridley Scott
  7. Argo – Ben Affleck
  8. The Gladiator – Ridley Scott
  9. Stand By Me – Rob Reiner
  10. Forrest Gump – Robert Zemeckis

    Previously in the Series:

    #TOP10: Episode 1 – Songs

    5 Places I love

    I always loved traveling, and I always will. Luckily I have been to many places already so I can pick from a pretty variated list of locations. There are some places that will always have a special place in my heart, for many different reasons, here is a list of 5 of them:

    1. Vancouver: here I had my exchange experience, so how can I not include this in my list? I won’t stop saying this, Van is simply magic.
    2. London: I was lucky enough to visit London twice in my life, once with my parents (at age 5 or something) and once on my own in 2015 during a language course in the UK. I stayed there just 3 days before moving to Torquay, Devon, but I just loved it. The atmosphere is just unique and there are so many different boroughs like Chelsea, Camden Town, Fullham, Tottenham and many others, and each one of those has his own soul and particular feel. Crazy shit uh!?
    3. New York: I went there in 2011 with my parents, as a part of a bigger trip involving also the Niagara Falls, Toronto, Quebec, Montreal and Portland,MA. My stay wasn’t long (3 days uh) but was enough. I remember that time as it was yesterday. Amazing, I mean it’s The Big Apple, there no need of presentations.
    4. Toronto: Marvellous city, Canadian but completely different from Vancouver. Feels more like New York somehow. It’s bigger, louder,rushier, but surely as good as Van. I had the chance to visit twice, in 2011 and 2013.
    5. Paris: I went there a few years ago with my parents to visit some friends who lived and still live there. It’s simply dope. I love the food, the Eiffel Tower and all the museums, theatres and amazing streets and places such as Montmatre and Pere Lachaise. I don’t like the French people tho. Not at all. Fucking frog-eaters.

      By the way, today is my birthday.

      I just figured that my life could have been totally different

      Exactly. I just realized that my life could have been totally, completely different.

      If my dad had decided to move to Australia in 2008, my life would have been incredibly different. I wouldn’t have been in Canada, so I wouldn’t know all the great people I met there. I wouldn’t have been in England and Ireland the past summers, same as above.I wouldn’t have attended my high school, so I wouldn’t know all my best friends. I wouldn’t have met my best friend, which I first met in late 2008. I really don’t know what could have happened in my life, because I cannot know who I would have met there in Australia.

      I have no pin points to start from.

      I only know that 90%, probably more, of my current friends wouldn’t even be a part of my life, and this is so scaring to me. I just realized how much my life is based on pure coincidence. Fuck. What would have happened if I didn’t do what I did? What would have changed? These questions are so agitating to me. For real. I’m so happy about the fact that I met the people I met, I have some awesome friends and this is not an obvious thing.

      I’m really thankful for that.

       My friends are fundamental to me. The fact that I can rely on them really helps me figure out stuff. I like being on my own but interacting with people is something i NEED to do. Exchanging information, chatting, checking out ideas and projects. I like thinking of myself as a creative person, I like creating stuff and when I do, I show it to my friends for advice and more ideas.

      Without them my creations would be purposeless.

      I like my life as it is right now. I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world, if it went this way there has to be a reason. This could sound as a non-sense because of what I wrote above about coincidence in life, but there is a sense: there is a reason because those coincidences happened, there has to be.

      And I don’t think that reason is God or anything like that, as I don’t believe in it. I still need to figure out that reason, and it’s not gonna be easy. And it’s gonna be long.

      Things I hated back in Vancouver

      Although I loved my stay in Vancouver as fuck and I’d go back fast as lightning if I had a chance to, there were some things that I didn’t really like back there (minimal stuff, but I think it’s still worth talking about them).

      1. Weather : day after day I got used to Vancouver’s rainy weather, but a little more sun wouldn’t have been bad. At all. In fact I think the sun didn’t shine in Van for something like 2 months straight. I remember maybe one day in October , then only in September and December. I was so used to rain back there that I didn’t care anymore, I didn’t even open my umbrella anymore sometimes.
      2. Temperature : Van is one of the hottest cities in Canada, so I don’t wanna know how it’s like in the other parts of the country, for real, I can’t even imagine. I didn’t really hate the cold back there and, just like the rain, I got used to it in a couple weeks and I gotta say that REAL cold only got to the city in December, when snowfalls started to white out the city. I remember my host mum telling me at 7 a.m: “Tommy, it’s snowing outside” and I went like:”No f*cking way!”. Those days we used to get temps like -8 in the mornings. And I used to go to school in jeans. I froze my legs everyday, I swear.